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Children of the Night (Seasons of Horror #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  5,045 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
An evil legacy comes to life in this classic and ultimately human novel about believable vampires, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons. Children of the Night will take you to a place that no one knows—yet all of us fear.

In a desolate orphanage in post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion—and flourishes rather than d
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Warner Books (first published 1992)
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A heartfelt bravo and a cap tip to Danny Simmons for breathing fresh air into the crowded, stale world of the vampire.

Overall I am giving this one a solid 4 stars, but there are aspects here that are easily 5 star (or even 6 star) worthy making this a must read for fans of "classic" vampire fiction. The basic plot involves an American research team that travels to post-Ceaucescu Romania to investigate AIDS cases in orphanages and discovers a child whose unique blood chemistry may hold the cure
Mar 19, 2016 Vladimir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Iskreno, ovo je za jednu zvezdicu al bilo je par momenata koji su mi se svideli pa ajd da ne budem baš toliko strog, dve zvezdice...
Mar 28, 2014 Char rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I have had an issue over the years remembering which Dan Simmons book I liked and which one I didn't. Summer of Night or Children of the Night? I had a chance to download a free audiobook, and I chose Children. I wish I hadn't.

I first read both of these books as a teen, after ripping through the Hyperion series. A number of years has passed since then and because the titles are so similar I couldn't remember which book was which. Well, after about an hour of listening, I realized that this was
Jan 26, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing
Simmons did a masterful job with the vampire legend. This novel has a hard sci-fi approach to horror. For the averag, non-lab, chemistry,blood analysis person some of the science can be tough as he establishes verisimilitude. I understood some of it, but I was able to get the idea.
Either you enjoy the technical aspect, and the authenticity therein, or you don't. If you don't, it is not a painfully long process to read through and is done early in the story. If you do, it makes this book work on
Jan 31, 2008 Evan rated it it was ok
Simmons can write. No doubt. And the early chapters of this book are understated, chilling, well-paced, and rich in atmosphere. His riffs on the Dracula myth aren't easy to anticipate, and neither is the plot.

Then halfway through it turns into a Robert Ludlum novel and sort of careens into this huge sloppy ending. Still better than Kostova's The Historian, though.

But Simmons retains my loyalty, because he's so good when he wants to be. And even when he isn't at his best he's still more literate
Jan 26, 2014 Addy rated it liked it
The aspects i enjoyed from this book were the characters, hands down. For me, if the characters weren't so likeable, it would have taken me longer to finish. I enjoyed the beginning of the story most and learning about the old vampire. I didn't care much for the medical jargon or for the long, dragged out chase scenes. With that said, the story was enjoyable and entertaining.
Oct 15, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be forewarned that Children of the Night starts out with a brutally realistic description of post Communist Romania and the inhumane treatment of thousands of babies that is quite disturbing. Once beyond that, beware of the sections interspersed throughout the book written with the voice of "Vlad the Impaler" (the original Dracula) as they are gruesome, gory and scary as hell. A few parts of the book, including the ending, was a bit James Bondish, but overall, a fast-moving and entertaining read ...more
Jon Recluse
Feb 23, 2013 Jon Recluse rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Leave it to Dan Simmons to take the legend of the vampire back to it's roots, and restore the man/monster who was once known as Vlad the Impaler and will forever be the monster known as Dracula to his dark throne.
Apr 07, 2013 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't really like vampire stories, most of them are cheesy and/or unoriginal and trite, but if one has to read a vampire novel, one really can't do much better than Children of the Night. Originally my intention was simply to find out what happened to one of the characters from the equally terrific Summer of Night. Nice to see that Mike O'Rourke grows up and has a very interesting and adventurous life. Dangerous too. But that's just one of the great things about this book and there are so many ...more
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Very interesting take on the whole vampy idea.

Full review to come - soonish.

4 Ninja-Bunnehs-Slurpin'-Blood
Deca noći se bave Rumunijom nakon izlaska iz višedecenijske komunističke diktature. Narod konačno slobodno počinje da uživa u tekovinama kapitalizma, demokratije i slobodnog tržišta. U tom prazniku slobode običan narod počinje da uviđa pravu istinu. Odnosno, pravu bolju budućnost koja ga čeka. Leševi mrtvih, palih za slobodnu i demokratsku Rumuniju, koji leže na ulicama Bukurešta još se nisu ni ohladili, a političari starog režima su već promenili stranu da bi ostali na vlasti, onaj deo demokrat ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Tressa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
What is up with some of the low ratings for this book? I'm not necessarily an avid vampire fan, but this book is a doozy of a page turner.

Romania, AIDS, and an adopted baby update the vampire legend in a very satisfying way. I read this book years ago--half of it lying in a hammock on a warm summer day--so sorry I can't remember the specifics. Read the other reviews for those. I just remember that I really dug this book!
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
It's October so I've got to get in some horror stories. The thing is this book wasn't typical horror. It was exciting in a way that the science nerd in me was very happy. I did have moments when I didn't want to go outside in the dark. Good book.
Apr 25, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was my introduction to Dan Simmons. After being told what an excellent writer he is, I picked up the first book I could find by him. Normally I do not like Vampire novels (Other than Bram Stoker of course) mainly because they tend to drag, be self indulgent, and overly sexual. This novel grabbed me... grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I won't go into a great synopsis since it has already been done to death on here.

In late 1980's early 90's Romania, people are poor, medical attention is lacki
May 15, 2016 Rade rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, a-let-down
I don't even know what rating to give this book. On one hand you got vampires who don't do much besides meet up and run the show behind the scenes, but at least they don't sparkle. On the other you got a doctor who is all over the map with her feelings and/or goals that does not see how a death of one person can be a necessary sacrifice when it comes to saving millions of others.

On top of this you got a priest who is not much of a priest but more of an informational character that is always the
Иван Величков
Oct 15, 2016 Иван Величков rated it it was amazing
Shelves: Ужаст
Ми Симънс.
Една лекарка заминава за Румъния за да помага доброволно с проблемните сираци, веднага след падането на режима там. Открива дете с рядко срещано кръвно заболяване и решава да го осинови, за да спаси живота му. Детето не се оказва каквото тя си мисли и много скоро е отвлечено обратно. Тя ще направи всичко за да си го върне.
Много силна книга, ама не разбрах защо е част от Сезоните.
Описанията на Румъния след падането на Челушеску правят Калкута от "Песента на Кали" да прилича на детски л
Jamie Collins
May 30, 2012 Jamie Collins rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
Not a bad read for an old school horror novel. An American doctor adopts a sick baby boy from an appalling Romanian orphanage, and discovers that a) he has an odd medical condition that may contribute to a cure for AIDS and cancer, and b) evil forces in Romania want the baby back.

I liked the protagonists: the doctor teams up with a resourceful priest and they spend a lot of time traveling around Europe, which was surprisingly interesting. I was disappointed by the vampire bad guys, who were most
Aug 28, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it
What a fun twist on the Dracula story! Though a bit slow to start, and rather predictable, I enjoyed this book. The medical vampirism made for a unique and interesting twist. And Dracula, or Vlad, himself was a fascinating counterpoint to the modern action. By the end, the pacing picked up and it was over all together too quickly.
I would hardly count this as being a sequel to Summer of Night, though it was nice to see a grown up Mike O'Rourke. Unfortunately, he hardly seemed reminiscent of that
Maxine Marsh
Jan 15, 2014 Maxine Marsh rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Spenser Barranco
Oct 18, 2016 Spenser Barranco rated it it was ok
It bugs me that Simmons has written some pretty awesome books and also have this one that's all over the place. I appreciate the new take on vampire mythology and even tying in Vlad Tepes with Count Dracula, but the over scientific approach coupled with bad pacing, confusing plot, and forgettable characters made this an extremely rough read.
Cody Lakin
Oct 27, 2015 Cody Lakin rated it really liked it
In the hands of another, lesser writer, Children of the Night probably would have ended up as a massive, bloated book that dragged on and went on and on way too long. What impressed me immediately about this book was the pacing it established from the very beginning. So much happens in short spans of time, compacting all kinds of information, movement, and events with such masterful conciseness. Such is one element of Dan Simmons and his total mastery over the written word.

The story centers arou
Mar 09, 2009 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shelves: q4-2009
Dan Simmons has recently become one of my favorite horror novelists! Children of the Night is another one of his Horror/Fiction novels and even includes a recurring character, Micheal O'Rourke, who was also in Summer of Night. This book starts off in Romania during the Romanian Revolution and follows a group of U.S. peace keepers sent to help starving and impoverished people left in a war torn country. The book quickly takes a massive turn around when the characters enter the Transylvanian cast ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
When I bought this book, way back when it was first published in paperback 20-ish years ago, there was already a quote from a reviewer at Locus calling it his "best book ever". I've always felt that was a little premature. Until he dies or swears off writing for good then there's alway a chance he'll write something better. But he hasn't yet in my opinion. It's not a perfect book, sometimes I feel he's trying a little too hard to explain a lot of the science in it and there are a couple of bits ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Randee rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Leave it to Dan Simmons to write an intelligent vampire story. I wouldn't expect anything less of him. He's one of my favorite American writers. I also think that he is very underrated and flies below the radar. It's a pity when a hack like James Patterson and his ilk are so well known and liked by the masses when someone like Simmons, a truly talented writer, writes a thousand times better.

I haven't yet read everything Dan Simmons has written, but I have read Song of Kali, Summer of Night, The
May 11, 2014 David rated it liked it
I've recently gotten to a point in my life, where I feel that I am getting sick of Vampire novels. In high school, a new Anne Rice was just about the coolest things ever. Of course, when I decided I was getting tired of vampires, there were two more vamp books in my to read pile.

Ultimately, I am happy this made it into the pile.

It is a vampire novel that happens to take some of the earliest conventions of vampires, taking on Vlad Dracula himself, and actually producing something completely diffe
Timothy Ward
Feb 05, 2013 Timothy Ward rated it it was ok
REVIEW SUMMARY: A technically well-written story about vampires and the quest to stop AIDS, but over-description and a disappointing plot twist stole interest.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A doctor adopts a Romanian orphan baby and discovers a secret that makes her enemy number one for a Mafioso band of vampires.

MY RATING: 2.5 stars


PROS: Well-researched in science, location, and vampire lore; visceral action.

CONS: Technical jargon slowed the story; weak characters; the turn halfway through removed
Mikayla Hunter
Feb 04, 2014 Mikayla Hunter rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Dan Simmons, and I fully intend on reading more of his work. The book itself was written beautifully. As a Communications major, I can appreciate the beauty of a finely crafted paragraph. The word choices are phenomenal and I feel like I can picture myself in Romania alongside Kate, seeing all that she sees with such detail. I spent many nights staying awake to read this book, just dying to see what happened next. The plot twists were sudden and unexpected and ...more
Jan 24, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Ever since learning that the legend of Dracula was based on Vlad the Impaler, and that this novel was based on that, it had been on my list. Well, I finally got in the mood for it and dove in...Well, all in all, a bit of a disappointment here. No, wait. A huge disappointment! I've been a Dan Simmons fan for years and I was really expecting something exceptional. I mean, here is one of the best writers around, we've got vampires, we've got Vlad the Impaler, and we end up with a regular
Dec 31, 2014 Justin rated it liked it
id give it a 2.6 since it is one of those two and a half stars that I decided to round up. This book starts out good and I enjoyed the medical part of it but then the pace slows way down to the point it is almost to boring to finish and the end seems like he tried to make up for that by being way over the top and made me think of some ridiculous (my auto correct just changed "some ridiculous" into "sore testicles" lol sorry for the interruption I had to share) last action hero type of movie. Whe ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
If you like thrillers at all -- and you are open to reading a book that doesn't neatly fit into any genre, including that one -- then read Dan Simmons. He is a master at taking historical fact (in this case, the life of the Romanian noble, Vlad Tepes, aka Count Dracula), real science (AIDS research re the human immune system), current events (the fall of the Romanian dictator Ceaucescu, which was recent news when this book was written), and a WHOPPING dose of imagination and creating a tale that ...more
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Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art.

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